Re: Would you buy a Porsche long distance again?
About 3 months ago I decided to replace my truck with a Cayenne. I went to the local dealer and drove a couple different models of the Cayenne - both new and used. While I liked the hybrid I decided that its lack of towing capacity took it out of the running, the diesel was ok but I felt that "I" would not be happy with a diesel. That left the S or a turbo. Decided I wanted a late model S and I wanted a bright color. None available locally and none in the pipeline locally. Logged on to the Porsche site and used the used car locater and found a 2017 Cayenne S in red in UT. Got the sales person to send me photos and videos of the car -- and since it had less than 3k miles on it I figured it should not be too bad, also a CPO car. After I looked at the photos and video it looked fantastic but I guessed I was not going to be happy with it until I had a full paint correction and detail - especially since I have had the paint correction and detail done to each of my last 5 cars. Negotiated a reasonable price and scheduled the car transport.
Now the frustrations started - the transport worked great but not as efficiently as I naively expected - I had thought never having done this before that I would call the transport company and they would pick it up the next day and be here 2 or 3 days later-- not quite how that worked - they would not have a truck in the area for a week or so. So in my mind I "lost a week plus" in getting it here. (I will say the transport was excellent in that the driver kept me informed every day and the car was extremely well cared for.) The next problem crept up in the form of a devil of a time in getting the title to me so that I could register it here in VA. Lots of misinformation from the dealer's folks resulted in me spending way too much time talking to the dealer, UT DMV and VA DMV trying to track down the paperwork.
The car was not quite as pristine as the dealer described and as expected from the photos and videos. As stated earlier, the paint swirls and and minor scratches were invisible to the camera. The wheels have evidently been "touched up" as there is a blend of matt and shiny areas to the paint. At this point I was really glad I had mentally added the cost of a paint correction and detail to the equation. In fact, it was bad enough that it took 5 days for my paint magician to do his magic (usually only takes 3 days for a compete job). In his words - "the light scratches in the doors and sides about kicked my as$". He managed to finally work his usual magic and I am ecstatic with his work on this car!!
In summary -- I would definitely do it again and a) would not have to see it in person assuming I got an excellent set of photos and video - and that I accepted that I was going to have to paint correct /detail the car; b) have a firm understanding with the dealer how the paperwork was going to be handled and the timing of all of the paperwork; and c) understand that it would take 2 - 3 weeks from purchase to receipt if I am shipping it. That said, I would much rather have been able to buy exactly what I wanted from my local dealer but then wouldn't we all prefer that!!!!
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